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Bright Star


Brightstar Wilderness

A relatively small wilderness encompassing only 9,520 acres of the southern transition ecosystems of the Sierra, the Bright Star protects much of the Kelso range. Although it lacks designated hiking trails visitors will enjoy true solitude and an incredible array of birdlife in this notable “Mojave-meets-Sierra” wilderness. The Bright Star lies within the BLM’s Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern, protecting watersheds such as the Kelso Creek Sanctuary which are critical to migratory birds. Over 275 species of bird either live in or use the Jawbone/Butterbredt/Kelso Valley seasonally.


  • Highest point: 5,090 at Kelso Peak
  • 8,190 acres
  • Managed by the BLM

How to Get Here:                 

Access on CA 178 east of Bakersfield, along Kelso Valley Road.

What to Do:

Enjoying solitude and bird watching.


No permit necessary


Year round!!

Local Tip:

This wilderness area is a critical one for bird migration. Trek lightly and bring a camera!

No designated trails for backpacking.